Borough Insight

Food glorious food

Food wasteFood recycling is gradually increasing and within Epsom and Ewell is up by 12% compared to last year - at 2,605 tonnes, we’ve never recycled so much food.

Across Surrey, residents recycled so much food waste in their caddies last year that £310,000 was saved to help protect essential services.

Your efforts have made savings because it costs less to recycle food waste than it does to dispose of it. And, even though it’s only a small action, it shows that putting a bit more into your caddy can make a big difference.

The food deposited in the recycling caddy is anaerobically digested to become useful compost and the process also creates methane gas, which is safely captured and burned to generate electricity – far better than food waste being incinerated or rotting in landfill and releasing environment damaging gasses.

Even though big savings are already being made, more food waste can go into caddies. In fact, if all food waste in Surrey went into caddies, it would save an extra £3 million a year. And remember, all food can go into your caddy so please put more in and help increase the savings being made.

Caddies can also be lined with any kind of plastic bag and smelly food waste can be put in a tied carrier bag and taken to outside food bins, which are collected weekly.

For more information on how to recycle food waste, visit surreyep.org.uk

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